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Do you want to know what taking the English Language Arts/Literacy portion of the PARCC assessment is like? Practice tests for each grade level of the assessment are available below for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the ELA/Literacy PARCC assessment.

Practice tests are being updated to the current test design and will be available in early September.

Please select your grade level to view practice tests.
  • The practice test platforms requires users to enter a name to begin. This is for the teacher’s reference when printing reports at the end of the scorable practice tests. This information is not captured or maintained in the system. Teachers can assign numerical values to each student as a log in, if it is preferred.
  • Paper practice tests can be printed. The material on these tests is non-secure.
  • Installable TestNav Apps cannot be used on non-secure practice tests. The online practice tests on the page below are only accessible through a web browser.
Unit Breaks
  • The PARCC ELA/literacy practice tests, both paper and computer-based, do not indicate the unit breaks that are included with the operational assessment forms. This allows educators flexibility with how they choose to use these practice tests with their students. Please note that each task represents a unit on the operational assessment.

This set contains the Narrative Writing Task and the Literary Analysis Task. The Research Task is currently not available due to pending permissions. The task will be added as permissions are granted.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 3 Resources

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 4 Resources

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 5 Resources

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 6 Resources

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 7 Resources

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 8 Resources

This set contains the Narrative Writing Task and the Research Task. The Literary Analysis Task is currently not available due to pending permissions. The task will be added as permissions are granted.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 9 Resources

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 10 Resources

This set contains the Literary Analysis Task and the Research Task. The Narrative Writing Task is currently not available due to pending permissions. The task will be added as permissions are granted.

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 1

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 2

Computer-Based Practice Test Unit 3

Paper-Based Practice Tests (all units)

Grade 11 Resources

Information on Accessibility Features

  • The full list of accessibility features embedded for all students and accessibility features that need to be identified in advance can be found on pages 20-25 of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual.
  • Answer masking, color contrast (background/font color) and text-to-speech for mathematics, are available for all participating students who need these tools, but need to be identified in advance via the Personal Needs Profile (PNP).

Information on Accommodations

Information for Accommodated Versions

Screen Reader Compatible

  • A screen reader is a software application, separate from text-to-speech embedded in TestNav, which conveys web content through audio. Screen readers are appropriate for students who are trained to use the software and who use it in the classroom, including those who are blind or have a visual impairment.
  • Pearson’s test platform is being programmed to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA. We are also utilizing the W3C’s Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) recommendation to improve the interaction between assistive technology and assessment content.
  • For optimal compatibility with our testing platform, browsers and assistive technology products should comply with the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) and support the ARIA recommendation.
  • Because the JAWS screen reader is broadly used in PARCC states, Pearson is going above and beyond the WCAG 2.0 AA requirements to optimize the user experience for JAWS 15 with the Firefox browser and Windows 7.

Large Print

  • To print Large Print Paper Practice Tests to the optimal enlargement of 150% to 18 point font, they must be printed on 14" x 18" paper. Do not use print scaling or fit-to-page in your printer settings.
  • Large Print Paper Practice Tests can also be printed on 11" x 17" paper with a print size of less than 150% of the standard print. For this, print scaling or fit-to-page must be set in your printer settings.

Guidance for Duxbury Users:

Open the file in Duxbury. If you receive a Page Depth Exceeded error, follow these steps:

  1. Open DBT.
  2. Go to the Global menu and Embosser Setup. Change the form size to wide with 11” paper or 11.5 x 11 inch paper if using 11.2sr4.
  3. Go to the Global menu and go to "Formatted Braille Importer."
  4. Check the checkbox labeled "Read formatted braille without interpretation" and activate the OK button. It is the only checkbox in this menu.
  5. Open the file.
  6. Review the screen prior to embossing.
  7. Emboss the file.

Tactile Graphics

  • Tactile graphics are images that use raised surfaces so that a person who is blind or visually impaired can feel them. They are used to convey non-textual information such as maps, paintings, graphs, and diagrams.
  • Tactile graphics are required for students using Screen Reader or downloadable .BRF versions for the Grade 8 ELA and all Mathematics tests because the non-textual information cannot be displayed electronically or printed/embossed via a downloadable .BRF file.
  • If you have a student who is blind or has a visual impairment and who requires tactile graphics to take the practice tests, please contact the Practice Test Tactile Graphics Point of Contact for your state.